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Beware of "Our Top Spring Running Shoes" Surveys

Bobby Bowden, Famed Florida State football coach for over 30 yearsBowden was asked by a reporter about one of his linebackers. When describing that player, Bowden said “He doesn’t know the meaning of the word ‘fear.’ In fact, I just saw his grades and he doesn’t know the meaning of a lot of words.” _________________________________________"...

When You Take Your Coach, PT and Chef to Your Ironman

The Name Game - a great rainy day/snowy day work out.  All you have to do is perform the exercise corresponding to each letter of your first, middle and last names. Rest 15 seconds between letters.  Repeat if you can....or if it's still raining.Good luck!________________________________________________To all who are participating in the Alc...

Supplements, Good or a Good Waste of Money?

As Women Age, They Naturally Lose HeightThe etiology of postmenopausal height loss is not well understood. Height loss among women probably begins in midlife. The Baltimore Longitudinal Study of Aging, which performed serial measurements of height over 9 years in a cohort of men and women, documented that height loss begins at approximately age 30 and increa...

Max Heart Rate and Performance

  I received a couple of interesting questions about max heart rate (HRmax) this week... Question: Does declining max HR with age affect max performance? First, there is no research I’m aware of on exactly this topic as it relates to aging. So this is my opinion only. Something related we do have research on has to do with short-term ...

Healthy Bones at Any Age, Reduce Your Fracture Risk

"We believe that foods labeled as reduced fat are lower in calories, higher in quality, and more natural. (In reality, foods labeled low fat, on average, contain about the same number of calories per serving as foods without that label."                      &a...

Thanks to the Reader, Alcohol-Free January, 2017 Goal Setting

Here We GoOur Alcohol-Free January has begun.  For many of you this will be noproblem.  But if last year is any guide, there are a few of us who are alittle better friends with Jack Daniels than we may have realized.  To youmy hat's off.  Know we're with you!Selling AbsenceHow many calories are in a hamburger?  Th...

How Important Is Training Volume?

Last week I received an email from an athlete who was concerned about her training for the coming year. She had wisely decided that she needed to include a rest and recovery week every third week. But she was concerned that this would reduce her volume and therefore her race performance. That caused me to look back in my blog archives to see if I had a post ...

Triathlon Speed 2.0, Eat a full Jar of Peanut Butter?

11%  The percentage of people asked who reported having eaten an entire jar of peanut butter in a single sitting, according to a survey conducted by Peter Pan Simply Ground.  Of 1000 plus subjects, 12% claimed they had hidden while eating peanut butter or lied about how much the ate.  Whether you opt to eat chunky or smooth, eat wi...

Holiday Fall Prevention, Alcohol-Free January

 My 12/16/2016 blog, Alcohol-Free January, Are You Up to theChallenge, http://buff.ly/2huu730 , introduced the 2017 edition of same.  A group of us did this in January 2016 and it worked. I got feedback from a number of athletes and I'll share the one I liked best with you.Dear Doctor Post,As an alcoholic in recovery-and I...

Alcohol Free January, Are You Up to the Challenge?

OK folks, here's round two.  Ready for this one?  In January 2016, I wrote a similar article for IRONMAN http://bit.ly/2humN7m and it was well received.  So well, in fact, that it seems logical to do it again.  On the Mayo Clinic web site then, the question was posed;"Does drinking alcohol kill brain cells?"This w...

Athlete With Plantar Faciitis, Question and Response

Supplements Part of Your Day? A Different Tri Product May Be Better Use of Your $$"Dietary supplements encompass a wide variety of products from vitamins , minerals, and botanicals to probiotics, protein powders, and fish oils. During the past 2 decades, a steady stream of high-quality studies evaluating dietary supplements has yielded predominantly disappoi...

How Does Alcohol Affect Your Recovery? (Hint, It's Not Good)

"Dietary supplements encompass a wide variety of products from vitamins, minerals, and botanicals to probiotics, protein powders, and fish oils. During the past 2 decades, a steady stream of high-quality studies evaluating dietary supplements has yielded predominantly disappointing results about potential health benefits, whereas evidence of harm has continu...

Masters Triathlete with Asthma/ Ironman Athlete With Knee Pain

Ice Baths, Should You Use Them?The answer, like so many seemingly simple questions in this sport, is not a yes or no. It depends on what your goals are.  If you have one competition and want to be ready for another as soon as the next day, as I understand the literature, an ice bath may help.  But if your goal is somewhere in the future, an...

What's the Best Weight Loss Program?

Devoured by Sophie Egan on the term low fat. "But when looking so carefully at the removed fat, we overlook what replaces it.  When fat is taken out, sugar and salt are added to keep the product from tasting like garbage.  Or, at best, tasting like nothing at all.  In addition, a product might get packed with extra carbs and weird ...

"You're Going to Need an Operation." What do You do Next?

                                           “He who will not risk will not win.”        &am...

Travel and Training

The emailed question… Joe: I have been training for triathlon since 2010 and I use the concepts of your book for planning my annual and weekly training. I have a fundamental question about that. I'm an executive and usually travel internationally at least once every two months. When it happens, I try to keep up my training at a hotel gym, but it&am...

You Can Always Win the Transitions

“I always win the transitions!” says a patient of mine. And she does.  I think she feels that more important than the race results some times.  Positive feedback for effort expended. Sensors being placed on legs of local athlete who sets the pace.Here’s how.  She makes things very simple. 1) only bring into the tr...

What Ironman Says About the Chip on Your Ankle to Athletes

"I've got too much time on my handsIt's hard to believe such a calamityI've got too much time on my handsAnd it's ticking away, ticking away from me."                                      &...

What Makes the Big Island Bike Course Different From All the Rest?

I've been to the Big Island several times.  Although the bike course is not rated as difficult as some of the other Ironman courses, when you ask a finisher who's just battled the heat, humidity and terrific winds, they may differ with that assessment.  A lot.  The Kona Athlete Guide notes " 'Challenging' and 'inspiring' are terms ...

What’s New About the All-New Triathlete’s Training Bible, 4th Edition

The following is a list of the biggest changes in the All-New Triathlete’s Training Bible. It really is “all new.” That’s not just a marketing ploy. The only thing that stayed about the same was the chapter topics. But even that changed a little. Writing it took me a year and half. That’s because it is almost twice the size of the original going from about 7...